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9/16/2017 5:33:44 PM

Face it. Going to the hospital isn’t most people’s idea of a great time. Whether it’s an emergency or scheduled visit, the worry and uncertainty can cause a lot of stress. At times, it can even seem overwhelming.

By following the seven pieces of advice listed here before your visit, you can reduce the stress and make your hospital experience a positive one. You will feel more calm, confident and in control.

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8/22/2017 2:35:42 PM
It’s terrifying to think that you and your child’s life could change in just a few minutes. Fortunately, most accidents involving a fire are preventable and you can start discussing fire safety right away.

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7/24/2017 2:49:11 PM

Who says stay-at-home moms in Slidell have to stay at home?

The MOMS Club of Slidell Area (a local chapter of the International MOMS Club® organization) gives moms who are at home with their children during the day a chance to get out and make some new friends.


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6/26/2017 12:07:41 PM
The early symptoms of multiple sclerosis differ from person to person and can often be mistaken for other problems. We know the disease targets the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system), but how does it happen?
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5/8/2017 5:19:07 PM
Knowing what to look for during a cardiac event is just as important as prevention. While cardiac arrest (when the heart experiences an electrical disturbance) typically results in a sudden loss of consciousness, a heart attack (when blood flow to the heart is blocked) presents other symptoms
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4/7/2017 9:33:32 AM
Quitting smoking is hard enough as it is. But when you find out you’re going to have a baby, you know the time to quit is now—no ifs, ands or cigarette butts.
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1/30/2017 9:27:51 AM
When a person inhales airborne asbestos, the body struggles to remove the mineral’s needle-like fibers. Over decades, these trapped fibers can accumulate in the pleura, triggering genetic changes that can lead to serious respiratory conditions and possibly cancer.
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11/15/2016 12:38:44 PM
The Heart Center at Slidell Memorial Hospital is a world-class cardiac facility featuring state-of-the-art equipment and top quality care.
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10/15/2016 12:54:30 PM
Learn the signs of stroke here. Some knowledge may one day save your life--or the life of a friend or family member.
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8/19/2016 2:07:32 PM
With 22,000 people diagnosed in Louisiana alone each year, innovative cancer care is close to home at Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center. If you, or a loved one, have been diagnosed with cancer, you may be wondering what cancer treatment will mean for your family financially.
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7/8/2016 9:47:00 AM

There are a several tips pregnant women can remember as they step into a car to make their driving experience safer for themselves and their growing babies.


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6/8/2016 10:45:37 AM
Cancer services are no longer spread across multiple facilities. Instead, Gulf South Louisiana residents and beyond can look within their own backyard for the care they need, all in one convenient, modern location devoted to cancer: Slidell Memorial Hospital Regional Cancer Center.
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5/11/2016 10:54:36 AM

When counting sheep hasn't worked, when over-the-counter sleep aids aren't helping, and when the home remedies on Pinterest have failed, it's time to turn to a real long-term solution: the Slidell Memorial Hospital Sleep Disorders Center.


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4/27/2016 12:44:01 PM
Being well-equipped for any emergency situation is always the best way to reduce the negative impact that they can have on your home, your work, and your financial wellbeing. Take a look at these tips to learn how to minimize the threat of disaster before it strikes. 
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3/31/2016 11:54:55 AM
A cardiologist will work with each patient individually in order to determine the best options for him or her. Diagnostic procedures such as echocardiography and cardiac stress testing can help doctors chart the safest and most effective course of action. Read on for a brief explanation of some of the most common types of cardiac surgery.

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2/29/2016 5:33:59 PM

Although undergoing a cardiac procedure or surgery, no matter the type, is an inherently stressful situation for both a patient and their loved ones, it could mean an improvement to their health.



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1/27/2016 2:56:11 PM

Don't you think it's time to quit? Yes, it's hard, but you will benefit in the long run: physically, emotionally, and financially.


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12/24/2015 4:52:52 PM
Slidell Memorial Hospital is one of a very few Louisiana hospitals with the HANA Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Table. The HANA table is redefining the way surgeons perform procedures, and changing the way people think about hip replacement surgery, recovery times, and recuperation periods.


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11/30/2015 11:28:39 AM
As a health, cancer, and heart center that offers many medical services, we're regularly asked health-oriented questions like, 'can caffeine really be good for me?'. After all, how could this delicious, caffeinated nectar of the gods be good for you? Aren't most delicious pick-me-ups bad for us?

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10/29/2015 4:16:32 PM
Antioxidants have become somewhat of a buzzword, and many of us know we should eat more of them--but not everyone understands what they are.

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10/29/2015 12:50:23 PM
When the body experiences pain, physical stress, or exertion, it responds by releasing endorphin--neurotransmitters designed to take the 'edge off.' So--how do you get your brain to release these endorphins and give you this natural high? Well, here are 7 ways to get that endorphin rush:

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9/22/2015 12:45:27 PM
To help keep our clients health--from the inside out--we focus on a number of preventative strategies, from smoking cessation to nutrition. Today we'd like to talk about indoor ergonomics, both its value and strategy...

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8/19/2015 2:30:00 PM
People don't really give importance to the need of being prepared for a hurricane. But, taking steps prior to a hurricane can help to a great extent, as far as your health is concerned.

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7/23/2015 9:17:00 AM
It wouldn't be a summer without swimming, but for some, splashing around in the pool or any body of water can prove dangerous. According to the Center for Disease Control, on average 10 people die every day from drowning. So what do you do if you see a distressed swimmer? Here are a list of things that can help.

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6/29/2015 1:49:16 PM
Dehydration can have dire consequences if left untreated that extend to unconsciousness, coma, organ failure, and even death. Dehydration is a condition where the body does not have enough water to properly function. In most cases it can be avoided by increasing water intake. However, the condition doesn't always showcase symptoms before it hits: the first symptoms can be fatal. Read on for eight signs that will allow you to detect dehydration.

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6/26/2015 8:15:08 AM
Over the past few years, researchers have found that the Gulf region has seen an increase in a dangerous kind of illness: neglected tropical diseases. According to the Center for Disease Control, these diseases "are a group of parasitic and bacterial diseases that cause substantial illness for more than one billion people globally." Continue reading to learn more about these diseases.

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5/28/2015 12:12:51 PM
The weather is perfect and summer is finally here, which means it's time to take your workouts out of the stuffy gym and outside. So stock up on the sunscreen, charge your phone and cut out some orange slices for the road. Here's a few tips and tricks to make working out outside safer and more fun.

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5/18/2015 2:48:53 PM
May is Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month, aimed to prevent the most common form of cancer to strike-- and one of the most preventable. So with the flip flops coming out, check out these tips in order to keep your skin healthy.

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5/1/2015 2:00:07 PM
Dealing with a complex medical condition or a stressful life change-- and the emotional, and practical concerns that come with it-- can be overwhelming. Even the most supportive family member or friend may not be able to understand exactly what you are going through. That's where a support group can be helpful.

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4/27/2015 3:10:00 PM
The cancer battle is fought on two fronts--the physical, and the psychological/emotional. Learning how to cope psychologically after a cancer diagnosis can vastly improve the process.

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3/27/2015 10:09:55 AM
Knowing how to keep yourself safe during a hurricane should be your top priority. Every year, we see countless hurricane victims at Slidell Memorial, and more often than not their injuries could have been prevented with smart hurricane planning. Here are five hurricane preparedness tips we think everyone should follow.

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3/9/2015 2:12:16 PM
Surgery puts a lot of stress on the body, so the more prepared you are, the better you'll be able to handle it.

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2/14/2015 10:08:31 AM
February is heart month, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with Million Hearts, a national effort to prevent heart attacks and strokes, want you to know your numbers.

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2/12/2015 10:04:14 AM

February is Heart Health Month. To mark this occasion, here are five factors you need to be aware of that can affect your heart's health, along with steps you can take to help prevent a heart disease or stroke.



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2/2/2015 10:32:15 AM

Even though the flu season typically ends in February or soon after, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) influenza activity remains elevated. In Louisiana, the CDC reports that flu activity is still widespread.

The best defense against the flu is vaccination. And if you have yet to get vaccinated, there is still time.


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12/29/2014 12:40:02 PM

The ER can often be a scary place for children suffering from an injury or sickness, which only adds to the stress experienced by their parents.

Although we hope your child never has to visit the ER, these five tips should help should that time occur.


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12/19/2014 8:57:04 AM

Medical imaging is the term used to describe a range of non-invasive methods that enable radiologists and other specially trained medical personnel to look inside the body. It replaces the need for surgery and allows medical professionals to view various organs and areas.


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11/26/2014 1:41:39 PM

Immunization protects children and adults against preventable diseases, ensures the health and safety of others, saves time and money, and safeguards future generations.


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11/11/2014 9:09:24 AM
Reducing wait times is a priority at SMH, which is why in 2013, we doubled the size of the ER from 14 to 31 beds. That has enabled us to reduce wait times and treat more patients than all other health care facilities in our area combined.

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10/29/2014 9:42:01 AM

Your chances of surviving and recovering from a stroke are much higher if you know the signs in advance and have a plan of action should you spot them happening to you or a loved one.


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10/17/2014 8:51:31 AM

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the number one cause of long-term disability. That's the bad news.

The good news, according to the National Stroke Association (NSA), is more than seven million people in the United States today have survived a stroke.


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10/15/2014 8:48:49 AM

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and we have several activities lined up to celebrate.


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10/15/2014 8:43:23 AM

Fall is in the air and soon leaves on the trees will be changing colors to red, gold and brown (even here in south Louisiana). There is another color you will see a lot of, too: pink.


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10/6/2014 9:00:00 AM

Surviving stroke depends on three things: knowing your risk, managing your risk factors, and knowing the signs of stroke so you can act FAST to get help.

Part 1 -- Know Your Risk

In this first of our three-part series, we'll go over the risk factors for stroke, some of which are controllable, and some of which are uncontrollable.


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9/22/2014 9:00:00 AM

Thanks to the recent news that J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has throat cancer, more people are interested in learning more about this particular variation of cancer, in particular, how it's detected.

Early detection is always important for the successful treatment of any type of cancer, and throat cancer is no exception. Mr. Dimon's cancer was caught early, and as a result, his doctors say his prognosis is excellent and his treatment won't even stop him from running the bank.


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9/8/2014 9:00:00 AM

Prostate Cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting one in seven men. It is 100% treatable when detected early.

September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and we want to pass along some information that you or your spouse may find helpful.


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8/27/2014 1:45:00 PM

After all the good press about exercise and heart health, it may sound shocking to read this headline, but most things done to an extreme degree can be harmful. The phrase "moderation in all things" applies to exercise just as much as it does to other aspects of life.


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8/22/2014 2:15:00 PM

With heart disease being the leading cause of death in the United States, researchers are constantly studying its causes and risk factors. As a consequence, it's rare that a month goes by without at least one cardiac health-related news item, and this month is no exception.


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8/19/2014 1:15:00 PM

An Indian researcher at Yale School of Medicine has found that women have longer hospital stays and are more likely to die after a heart attack than men.


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8/15/2014 1:30:00 PM

When you hear the word "Osteoporosis," you immediately think "senior citizen" or "elderly patient" right? You might even take that further and think "elderly woman" specifically because you're so used to hearing about it in relation to women's health issues, rather than men's.


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8/12/2014 2:00:00 PM

Earlier this month, we published a blog post that focused on antioxidants in relation to the basic cancer prevention guideline to "eat right and exercise."


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8/4/2014 1:45:00 PM

As a regional leader in cancer treatment, Slidell Memorial Hospital has the expertise and technology to provide state-of-the-art cancer services to our patients.



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7/23/2014 1:30:00 PM

Cancer. The word by itself is enough to inspire fear, anger, and profound sadness. There are few Americans alive today who haven't had their lives touched in some way by this dreaded set of diseases. That's why it comes as such welcome news that cancer survival rates in the United States are climbing thanks to revolutionary advancements in medical imaging.


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7/17/2014 2:15:00 PM

Slidell Memorial Hospital is fully committed to providing the best orthopedic care possible for our patients, and that means staying up-to-date with the latest technology innovations.


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7/14/2014 12:45:00 PM
Medical imaging refers to the different technologies used to view the human body in order to diagnose, monitor, or treat medical conditions.

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7/8/2014 2:00:00 PM

In parts one and two of our series on heart health, we covered prevention and detection of heart disease. The third discussed treatment options and considerations for patients who suffer from coronary artery disease, heart failure, heart arrhythmias, and heart valve disease.


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7/2/2014 1:15:00 PM

In parts one and two of our series on heart health and the cardiology services we offer at Slidell Memorial Hospital, we covered prevention and detection of heart disease. In this third installment, we will cover treatment options and considerations for patients who have heart disease already.


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6/18/2014 1:30:00 PM

It probably comes as no surprise that early detection of heart disease is crucial to successful treatment. What may surprise you, however, is the sheer number of tests your cardiologist has to choose from.


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5/20/2014 12:00:00 PM

Just one year ago, doctors and researchers alike were puzzled by the fact that women who underwent hip-replacement surgery were almost 30 percent more likely than men to need repeat surgery within the first three years.


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5/6/2014 12:00:00 PM

Living in Louisiana, your chances of getting heart disease are high. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7.8% of Louisianans have heart disease. That makes our state third in the nation, and a "hot spot" for this deadly condition that claims the lives of one in four Americans every year.



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4/16/2014 12:30:00 PM
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work has become so commonplace in most workplace environments it's hard to call it a "trend" anymore; it's more of a given. Employees want to bring their own devices to the job because they know how to use them.

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3/7/2014 12:00:00 PM

A cancer diagnosis is a life-altering thing, and not just for the patient seeking cancer services. Family and friends often find themselves suddenly playing the role of caregiver, not an easy one to perform.


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1/30/2014 1:35:00 PM

Let's face it: no one ever wants to visit the Emergency Room. Emergency Services are those things we don't even want to think about until we need them. In fact, most of us hope we never need them!


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